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Shipping Domestic

WeightUSPSUPSFedEx
13oz and UnderItems under 13oz are usually able to be shipped USPS First Class Mail. By far this is the cheapest option.
Weekly Pickup CostUPS charges $22 for weekly pickups - if you are not shipping with your own UPS account (e.g. Amazons account) If you ship with your own account at least $75 weekly then the fee is $11.It is about the same rates as UPS.
Who Pays When Refusing a packageNo oneShipperShipper
Ship to a PO box?YesNoNo

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Knowing which shipping service to use and when could be tricky. It depends on items weight, how fast needed to be delivered, contents value.

Here are 2 free tools I found that can answer many of the pricing questions on this thread:
1. Fitshipper is for when you know the delivery address, size & weight.    2. Fitshipper for listings is when you are not your sure of the destination (eBay etc.).



Items 1-5lbs is when it gets tricky.

For Fedex and UPS there is a Home Delivery charge of about $3 for all shipments that are delivered to a residential address.  This is what will usually make the rates with Fedex or UPS a lot higher than USPS Priority (on low weight packages)

The base rate - commercial address for shipping zone 1, 1lb with Fedex is $6.65, with USPS it's $5.05

With Fedex or UPS the rate increased much less per additional lb

Shipping Insurance with Fedex/UPS is a lot cheaper than USPS. This will be a key factor on deciding when to use USPS over Fedex

Direct Signature Requirement comes standard with $300 of USPS Insurance, and $500 of Fedex insurance

there is a guy that sells USPS Priority labels. https://www.fiverr.com/hooplah123/provide-a-usps-priority-5lb-shipping-label

Q: Under 1lb what is the best service to use?
Typically USPS Priority Mail

Q: What is flat rate? When will it give you the best price?
Flat Rate is a specific size box that does not have a weight limit, and has the same rate for most of USA. Usually this will be the cheapest when shipping to the farthest zone.

Do all companys offer flat rate?
USPS has the best flat rate service. Fedex offers "One Rate" but that will only be a savings on Express shipments. If you have discounted rates with Fedex, the "One Rates" will not be cheaper, unless the box is heavy.

Q: If you don't have a shipping scale available, what would be the best website to find out the weight of a specific product?
Amazon has the shipping weight for most items. Add an additional lb or 2 for the weight of the box.

Q:When shipping to an apt building, will the package gets left in the hallway of by the recipients door?
A:It depends on the delivery driver. I would recommend requiring a signature when shipping to an apartment so that it will not get left outside.

Q:If USPS loses a package that wasn't insured, has tracking code. Can I get money from them?
A:$100 of insurance is included in Priority Mail Express service.
$50 insurance is included in Priority Mail service.
https://www.usps.com/ship/insurance-and-extra-services.htm

Q:What Carrier is the cheapest to send packages 1LB - 5LB NY to Canada?
USPS Priority likely will be the cheapest. If you have discounted rates with Fedex or UPS they may be cheaper.

Q:Items that I am shipping that the item is packaged in a box; is it necessary to put it in a shipping box or a shipping bag is good enough?
A:Depends what you are shipping. A bag is fine for items that wont get damaged in a bag. I use a bag all the time for such items.

I buy small boxes at Uline, its about $0.30 for a 7x4x4 - which in dimensional weight its 1lb.

You could also consider bubble envelopes ...

Q:How well priced is amazon shipping?
For having inventory shipped to Amazon using their UPS account, by far that is the cheapest option. For having an item shipped to a customer using Amazons shipping rates, they are not the best rates. If you ship enough to get discounted rates with UPS of Fedex you will be bettor off using your own account.

Q: How much does it cost for UPS Pickup?
UPS charges $22 for weekly pickups - if you are not shipping with your own UPS account (e.g. Amazons account) If you ship with your own account at least $75 weekly then the fee is $11.
It is about the same rates with Fedex.

How Much is pickup for one package?

Q: How can I get around it? Flag down a driver
Flagging a driver down not necessarily is the best way around the daily pickup fee. If you are shipping daily for the convenience it should be worth to have a daily pickup.
With Fedex if you do not have an daily pickup and give the packages to a driver you will be charged $3 per box.
Additionaly many drivers do not like accepting packages from people that do not have a daily pickup, as they have to save room on their truck for their daily pickup customers.


Q: What Are the flat rate sizes?
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Re: **Shipping Master Thread** What service To Use When
« Reply #465 on: June 14, 2019, 05:37:02 PM »
$10 FedEx overnight also fakes?

Use Ground, depends on the distance it will be next day delivery.
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« Reply #466 on: June 14, 2019, 05:38:02 PM »
Use Ground, depends on the distance it will be next day delivery.
NY > NJ/PA/RI/WA and a few more near by state ..
Is there a chart to see where it's $10 and how many pounds?
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« Reply #467 on: June 14, 2019, 05:40:15 PM »
Is there a chart to see where it's $10 and how many pounds?

I don't know sorry ..

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Re: **Shipping Master Thread** What service To Use When
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Anybody ever ship cell phone batteries as a letter?

Would cutting out a hole in piece of cardboard and putting the battery in there, in an envelope, work?

Also are there any special instructions when shipping a non machinable letter or can I just put the butterfly stamp on and drop it off like a regular letter?
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Anybody ever ship cell phone batteries as a letter?

Would cutting out a hole in piece of cardboard and putting the battery in there, in an envelope, work?

Also are there any special instructions when shipping a non machinable letter or can I just put the butterfly stamp on and drop it off like a regular letter?

Dont think you can ship a battery in a regular letter. It has to be labeled that it contains lithium ion.
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« Reply #470 on: June 19, 2019, 04:01:28 PM »

Dont think you can ship a battery in a regular letter. It has to be labeled that it contains lithium ion.
Aside from that
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Re: **Shipping Master Thread** What service To Use When
« Reply #471 on: June 19, 2019, 04:16:28 PM »

Dont think you can ship a battery in a regular letter. It has to be labeled that it contains lithium ion.
Just checked regulations for domestic. You are right. There used to be exceptions for certain types. Not that I won't ship it anyways.

Mailed Without Equipment. The following additional restrictions apply to the mailing of lithium metal cells or batteries without equipment (individual batteries):
The lithium metal cells and batteries must be mailed in “the originally sealed packaging.”
The sealed packages of batteries must be separated and cushioned to prevent short circuit, movement, or damage.
The shipment must be cushioned to prevent movement or damage, and must be contained in rigid outer packaging, sealed and strong enough to prevent crushing of the package or exposure of the contents during normal handling in the mail.
Mailpieces must be sent by surface transportation only.
Mailpieces must display a DOT-approved lithium battery mark on the address side, in addition to the text “Surface Mail Only, Primary Lithium Batteries — Forbidden for Transportation Aboard Passenger Aircraft” or “Surface Mail Only, Lithium Metal Batteries — Forbidden for Transportation Aboard Passenger Aircraft.”
The mailpiece must not exceed 5 pounds.
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Re: **Shipping Master Thread** What service To Use When
« Reply #472 on: June 19, 2019, 04:23:53 PM »
Just checked regulations for domestic. You are right. There used to be exceptions for certain types. Not that I won't ship it anyways.

Mailed Without Equipment. The following additional restrictions apply to the mailing of lithium metal cells or batteries without equipment (individual batteries):
The lithium metal cells and batteries must be mailed in “the originally sealed packaging.”
The sealed packages of batteries must be separated and cushioned to prevent short circuit, movement, or damage.
The shipment must be cushioned to prevent movement or damage, and must be contained in rigid outer packaging, sealed and strong enough to prevent crushing of the package or exposure of the contents during normal handling in the mail.
Mailpieces must be sent by surface transportation only.
Mailpieces must display a DOT-approved lithium battery mark on the address side, in addition to the text “Surface Mail Only, Primary Lithium Batteries — Forbidden for Transportation Aboard Passenger Aircraft” or “Surface Mail Only, Lithium Metal Batteries — Forbidden for Transportation Aboard Passenger Aircraft.”
The mailpiece must not exceed 5 pounds.
It goes thru a scanner and will not get shipped. The scanner wont miss that.
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Re: **Shipping Master Thread** What service To Use When
« Reply #473 on: June 19, 2019, 04:41:14 PM »
It goes thru a scanner and will not get shipped. The scanner wont miss that.
Ive shipped them as a package without any problems. Also I've shipped them as letters before (without cardboard) but most got returned because they got damaged.
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Re: **Shipping Master Thread** What service To Use When
« Reply #474 on: August 07, 2019, 07:35:43 PM »
1. Multi Order Shipping from PayPal.
https://www.paypal.com/shiplabel/createbulk

2.Fiverr- Use one of these guys for $5 or really $7 after the two dollar fee which they started to charge, I just buy 5 lables at a time and have credit.

3. Or one of these sites like Pirotship.com or goshippo.com
 Compared all three and seemed to have similar rates so usaully stick with PayPal.
 
4. And lastly here's a guy I've bought labels from in the past.
 I can only vouch for what I've did with him.

ShippingExpert- Email : icanshipanything4unow@gmail.com

  Rates are;
1-6 lb=$5
7-15 lb=$10 
16-20 lb=$15
21-30 lb=$20

For bigger orders from 31-70 lbs, contact him for the pricing.
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Any online site that allows me to print postage for free like paypal for my large envelope weighing 2-3 OZ?
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Any online site that allows me to print postage for free like paypal for my large envelope weighing 2-3 OZ?

https://www.usps.com/

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